Karachi: Former cricketer and chief of Tehreek-e-Insaf, Imran Khan, has said that the game of cricket in the country has been damaged by Pakistan"s involvement in the US-led “war on terror".
Khan, who was responding to the International Cricket Council's (ICC) decision on Sunday to relocate the elite eight-nation Trophy from Pakistan to an undecided venue, said association with conflict was hugely damaging.
“From economy to daily life to cricket, everything is hurt in Pakistan only because of our unnecessary involvement in war. Teams are refusing to come to Pakistan because of that war," a foreign news agency quoted him, as saying.
Pakistan joined war on terror after 9/11 attacks, providing logistical support to US forces who led an invasion of Afghanistan and deployed their troops to fight the Taliban and al-Qaeda extremists hunkered down in the northwest of the country.
More than 1,500 people have been killed in militant attacks across Pakistan in the past 19 months and more than 1,500 troops have been killed at the hands of extremists since 2002, The News reported.
Khan said tour cancellations have left Pakistan cricket poorer.
“Cricket is suffering financially. The sooner Pakistan pulls out of the war on terror the better and it will quickly recover from all sorts of problems," he said.